Barack Obama: "If it's all about core principles ... we will never get anything done."
Reagan is laughing in his grave. W is laughing up his ass.
It seems to me that you fight fight fight -- not for everything, but precisely for your core principles. Fight like you don't care whether you win the next election, and that is why I don't mourn the loss so many Democratic Blue Chickens. Even I understand that if you are going to vote like a Republican on core issues, you might as well elect a Republican.
This debate, especially the internal Democratic debate, should have been conducted before the midterm elections.
Obama may believe that he has Republicans surrounded by waiting two years for the failure of their tax and economic plans he has adopted as his own and that if the economy improves, claiming credit for preventing tax increases.
The first outcome would ruin the country. The second outcome would be re-election to the White House effectively as as Republican.
He denounces "politics" the way a bad poker player would denounce bluffing. Denouncing politics is like denouncing the weather, denouncing the law of supply and demand, denouncing all rules. Politics is the way that policy gets made, and pretending it shouldn't exist simply marks Obama as a very poor practitioner.
If he believes his "compromise" will achieve even half his "core principles," he is deaf and blind as well as dumb. These plutocratic Republican obstructionists are beyond political salvation and will find a way to turn the economic disaster they have created into a winning platform.